Search Results: "Jeffrey Meyers"


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JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

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SOMERSET MAUGHAM by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2004

"A major biography, then, of a minor figure."
A well-considered life of the phenomenally successful but little esteemed English writer. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A biography that rounds out a writer whose life has been distorted by the mythic proportions of his experiences."
A discerning psychological reading of a highly fraught writer's life. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1991

Although he promises important new information about Joseph Conrad's life, most of what is new in this hefty biography from Meyers (D.H. Lawrence, 1990, etc.) is of minor significance. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2010

"Not much new in this rehearsal of one of celebrity's saddest stories."
A thoroughly researched but ill-balanced retelling of the brief love affair, marriage, creative collaboration, estrangement and divorce of Hollywood's sexiest star and Broadway's leading playwright. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Lacks its subject's wit and fire, but displays Johnson in all his grime and glory."
A balanced view of the troubled yet triumphant life of one of literature's and lexicography's not-so-gentle giants. Read full book review >

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MODIGLIANI by Jeffrey Meyers
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2006

"This narrative is taken over by doubtful speculations and by a faithful, but wearying catalogue of an oeuvre renowned for its lack of variety."
It shouldn't be possible to write a dull life of Amedeo Modigliani, but Meyers (Impressionist Quartet, 2005) manages the task. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jeffrey Meyers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1996

"Notwithstanding a certain critical padding and occasional harshness, Meyers's biography gives a readable, sympathetic portrait of Frost without sacrificing either the dark poet or the affable public New Englander. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
After deferential personal reminiscences and a hostile authorized biography, Frost is finally portrayed here as equally complex in both his poetry and his personality. Read full book review >

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Released: April 27, 1994

"Factually rich, if uninspired. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate)"
This easygoing, academically voiced bio of F. Scott Fitzgerald calls itself the first ``full-scale contemporary'' life since Turnbull's in 1962. Read full book review >

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BOGART by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 1997

"A refreshingly serious film biography that movie lovers will appreciate for approaching Bogart as a subject, not a celebrity. (49 b&w photos, not seen)"
The man now considered America's greatest movie star is chronicled seriously and fully, but not always movingly or with new critical insight. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Vivid and haunting: a great success."
Fast upon the heels of Kenneth Silverman and his splendid Edgar A. Poe (1991), Meyers (Joseph Conrad, 1991, etc.) fashions an even greater success with the same material. Read full book review >